How did you and Chuck meet?
Thats me in the black dress shirt, thumbs out, being a dork.
I originally met Chuck on March 29th, 2008 at a birthday party; he was friends with the host who had hurriedly invited me over Bear411. Recently single and eager to make gay friends, I took the train to SF wearing my nicest dress shirt (see above).
The party host quickly introduced me to everyone and thats when I met Chuck. He was sandwiched between a few beefy asian guys, so its understandable he doesn’t remember 140-pound me meekly introducing myself.
My next interaction with Chuck was at the 440. I was gogo dancing for charity, which took everything I was bad at and turned it into fund-raising: dancing, socializing, being at a bar. (This photo is actually my second attempt at charitable gogo dancing a couple months later…don’t have any pics from the 440 that night).
I started talking up Chuck and I thought we had hit it off, so I gave him my contact info so we could hang out now that I lived in the city.
Chuck never contacted me, but we saw each other at mutual friends’ events so I tried to befriend him often.
Two years later, I went to ptown for the first time. I got a room at the hostel with three other people and had no idea who I would run into or befriend at my first solo gay vacation.
Turns out Chuck was there with his beefy asian entourage. I didn’t know anyone else so I hung around them a lot. The last day of the trip, Chuck turned to me and said “You’re pretty cool, why don’t we hang out more in SF?”
I had been trying to befriend Chuck for, like, three years at this point. So, I was like, “FINALLY. YES. LETS HANG OUT ALREADY.” Chuck proceeds to ignore me for another 8 months.
For my 24th birthday, I booked a gay vacation in Cancun with my closest friend innerbear and my boyfriend at that time…so when I became single a month before Cancun, I offered Chuck my ex’s place.
This was the vacation that we really connected as good friends. After this trip, Chuck and I started hanging out on a regular basis. Thats the very long history of how I met and befriended Chuck.